Saturday, December 03, 2005

Seeing beauty in everyday objects

Purple Umbrella, Doi Tung Royal Villa, Golden Triangle area of Thailand, November 2005, Pentax Optio 555, Exposure 1/50 sec @ f2.8, ISO 64, no flash, © Steven Crisp

It is relatively easy to see beauty in nature; you just have to be still, be present, and be open to see it. You will find it everywhere.

It is a little harder with inanimate, everyday objects, but the beauty is still there. You might see it in the color, or the shape, or the contrast, or the symmetry. Keep looking, with a child's eye, and you will see it.

But slow down. Be aware so you don't miss it. So many of us speed through life seeing only a blur of man-made objects, merged into a disharmonious collage, telescopically compressed onto the focal plane of your eye without any dimension, texture, energy, or meaning.

If you can find the beauty in everyday objects, at the same time you will find lightness in your step, a smile on your face, a kind word on your lips, and joy in your heart.

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